GB / US
Dir: Cornel Wilde
Starring: Nigel Davenport and Jean Wallace
When London is overwhelmed by food riots caused by a global famine, a man tries to lead his family to safety in Scotland
This apocalyptic science fiction film is an adaptation of John Christopher’s 1956 novel The Death of Grass. Although no actual trains feature there are a couple of interesting railway scenes. First, there is an ambush scene that takes place on a level crossing, which was filmed at Park South signal box between Barrow and Askam on the old Furness Railway in Cumbria. Later, there is a scene that is shot beneath Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle line, a structure that is surprisingly lacking in feature film appearances though it would later appear more prominently in Sightseers (qv).